Outsmart Your Brain: The Insider’s Guide to Life-Long Memory

Your memory is not something that should diminish with age. You’re never too young to start developing healthy habits that can ultimately impact your cognition. People of all ages will benefit from the easy-to-follow and practical advice in Outsmart Your Brain: The Insider’s Guide to Life-Long Memory. The experts at AffirmativHealth have been working with […] Read More

Brain-Healthy Diet – Putting it All Together

In previous blog posts, we have discussed the role of fat, protein, and non-starchy vegetables in a promoting cognitive health. Including healthy fats, such as olive oil, nuts, seeds, or fish, with each meal is an important foundation to a brain-healthy diet. Combining your healthy fats with lean proteins and lots of veggies provide an […] Read More

Mind your teeth: Chewing and its effect on Cognition

Age-associated cognitive deficit together with dementia have become an increasingly important health and socioeconomic issues. Recent research studies have focused on the oral health conditions, especially mastication (chewing), as well as on the number of teeth, in the context of cognitive deficits. Both animal and human studies suggested a possible causal relationship between mastication and […] Read More

The Link Between Sugar and Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease has occasionally been referred to as “type 3 diabetes even though the link between sugar, insulin and memory loss was not clearly understood. The only loose association may be that type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease, type 2 diabetes is a chronic disease caused by diet and Alzheimer’s may be both–it has […] Read More

The Miraculous Microbiome

Ninety percent of the cells in the human body are those of beneficial bacteria – and the majority reside in the gut or “microbiome.” In recent years, it has become clear that the microbiome are essential for overall health. The microbiome is involved in immune system and central nervous system function. The microbiome is also […] Read More

Protein and Your Brain – Animal-Based Sources

  Including protein with each meal is an important building block of a brain-healthy diet. Protein can help manage blood sugar levels, increase meal satiety, and promote the maintenance of lean muscle. In the last blog post, “Protein and Your Brain, Plant-Based Sources” we discussed the benefits and sources of plant-based protein options. Animal-based proteins […] Read More

Protein and Your Brain – Plant-Based Sources

  Protein is an important macronutrient at all stages of life. As you age, including protein with each meal can stabilize blood sugar levels, increase meal satiety, and promote the maintenance of lean muscle. You can obtain protein from both plant and animal sources. Plant-based proteins provide fiber and prebiotics (the food that keeps those […] Read More

Update – Immune System Dysfunction in the blood- A Predictor of Early Alzheimer’s Disease

Chronic inflammation, which is the long-term activation of the immune system is thought to be a risk factor for Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and may even accelerate the disease progression. Scientists have long known that AD-related pathology develops long before clinical symptoms of AD appear, and inflammation is an underlying component of the disease. Previous studies […] Read More

Dancing Makes the Brain Smarter

As you age, the brain undergoes many change, including: decreased brain tissue, reduction in blood flow, and decline in communication between brain cells. All of these changes can interfere with cognitive functioning, especially learning and memory. Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is an age-associated neurodegenerative condition that predominantly affects the memory centers of the brain. Previous studies […] Read More

Carbohydrates – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

In a previous article, Carbohydrates & Your Brain, we shared that consuming more fat and vegetables, and less carbohydrate is an important way to fuel your brain. But what exactly does this look like in action? First, a review: Carbohydrates are found in grains and anything made with grain flour, starchy vegetables, fruit, milk, beans, […] Read More